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Posted by veggierugger on 06/12/2008
As a self-proclaimed "finicky" vegetarian with a plethora of allergies, I often find myself trying to find great places to eat outside of the "NYU-campus area". This place definitely impressed me! The falafel was so well done (not over done!!) the menu's are on screen!!! and the "crisps" come in a ton of delicious varieties!! BEST OF ALL I didn't see ANY styrofoam!!! The cashier was so friendly and welcoming and the food was beyond what I expected to find near 42nd street for less that 15$ The decor is awesome and I clearly cannot give enough praise to this place - I know that it is fairly new, but it is SO worth the trek to the Grand Central area....5 out of 5 all around from me...and Trust me...I'm a critic!!
Posted by carriec on 06/09/2008
I had watched with indifference as they were renovating the space, and figured that since the name was Crisp, it would be yet another salad place. I still didn't pay much attention when they opened, until one night walking home one of the staff was passing samples. Not being one to ever pass up free food, i took a falafel. It had a crunchy outside, soft inside and not greasy at all. So of course i had to try a sandwich. I had the parisian, and it was sooo good. I also like the packaging for to go, which is a box that you rip off the tab in the middle that exposes the top of the sandwich, and i really like the fact that they don't drown it in sauce and put it on the side. That is a plus. The ice tea i had was good, but by the time i got back to work it was totally watered down, so note to self, ask for less ice. It is rather pricey for falafel, but they are going for a variation of your basic falafel, and it works. I bring my lunch most days, but will make an effort to stop by when i feel the middle eastern urge.
Posted by Adam on 06/03/2008
I happened to walk by this place and it looked interesting so I went inside. I am always on the hunt for good fallafel places, and I am usually disappointed because nothing seems to come close to azuri. I was suprised and very happy after eating here! The food is great and I plan on coming here often in the future. I've had the Mexican and Mediterrean pitas, and the eggplant bowl. I loved them all, but so far the mediterrean is my favorite. The inside has a very clean and fresh feel, and the food is kind of like a fun twist on a traditional favorite. The iced tea is decent, although slightly pricey. The staff is very friendly too.
Posted by Local Worker Bee on 05/28/2008
Crisp just moved in an it's a welcome, healthy addition! I agree with the previous review that the menu isn't entirely clear - like how many falafel come with the hummus bowl, or what else is in the pita? The flavors, however, are amazing -best hummus, with rich olive oil and a homemade pita. Add a few more falafel and it would be perfect! It's a little pricey, but I can't wait to try the rest!
Posted by Midtown Grunt on 05/28/2008
I've had 4 different falafels since they opened, and all were very good and very different than any I've ever had... The Mexican is my favorite (I think!) - the pita is out of this world (baked fresh every couple of hours they say) and stuffed to the gills - they don't skimp on the falafel or the fillings. Store layout could be better, the tables jutting out from both sides, including very close to the register, make the line less than ideal - it looks too crowded to enter when there are only 6 or 8 people waiting - but service is quick, give it a try.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/22/2008
Just what mid-town east needed - a healthy, vibrant falafel place. The pita sandwiches are well proportioned and the ingredients are fresh. Only recommendation is that they be a bit clearer on their menu that the base for all the pitas are yummy falafels!